Jerry Stiller in Seinfeld.
Jerry Stiller in Seinfeld.

Seinfeld reveals amazing Jerry Stiller fact

Jerry Seinfeld has opened up about the late Jerry Stiller, saying he never once adjusted the actor's performance on Seinfeld.

The iconic comedian passed away recently at the age of 92, prompting many to honour his legacy.

Seinfeld, 66, spoke to radio show What a Joke with Papa & Fortune and revealed a behind-the-scenes titbit from Stiller's days on Seinfeld, which is available to stream on Foxtel Now.

Jerry Stiller as Frank Costanza.
Jerry Stiller as Frank Costanza.

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Seinfeld disclosed that Stiller was hired to play Frank, the father of George Costanza, after one of the show's writers, Larry Charles, suggested the idea.

"I remember Stiller and Meara (a comedy duo made up of Stiller and his wife Anne Meara) from the '60s, but I hadn't seen Jerry in a while and I just didn't … I thought, well, but he's not bald," the actor said. "But Larry just kept mentioning him and finally we brought him in and he was so perfect."

Seinfeld added that Stiller was "so unbelievably funny" on the show.

"What I loved about him is he so completes the George story," Seinfeld said. "When you meet the father, you go, 'Oh, now I understand why he's like that.'

"It was the perfect finishing of the painting of George Costanza was Frank Costanza," he said.

Seinfeld said Stiller made magic on the set of the show, which he found to be a perfect fit.

"He had the most amazing comedic stuff that we didn't know if he was planning it or it just came out that way, or he couldn't remember the line, or we didn't know what it was, but we did not want to disturb it in any way," he continued.

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Ben Stiller and his father Jerry Stiller in 2011. Picture: AP Photo/Charles Sykes
Ben Stiller and his father Jerry Stiller in 2011. Picture: AP Photo/Charles Sykes

"We never gave Jerry Stiller a note. I never adjusted his performance once. Whatever he did, that's it. We're putting that out there."

Seinfeld doubled down on his claims, explaining that Stiller's choices as an actor may have been unclear, but they clicked.

"I don't know why he did it like that. I don't know why he screamed on that line. It doesn't matter. It's funny. So funny," the comedian said.

"I am such a dedicated believer in, 'If it's funny, don't touch it'. I don't care why it's funny. I don't care what the line was supposed to be. He said it that way, we're doing it that way."

This article originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced with permission


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